ESPN analyst Chad Ford was chatting about the NBA Draft over on ESPN.com Wednesday, and he brought up the rumblings that UK might lose more players than expected before next season.
Ford was asked who he thought would leave the Cats for the NBA:
“Julius Randle and James Young are, for sure, gone. I would say Willie Cauley-Stein too, but his comments the other day indicated he might not be a sure thing to leave. The Harrison twins have wanted to leave all year according to multiple sources around the twins, but their draft stock made them iffy first rounders. While they improved their stock, I’m not sure it’s to the point that they are clear first rounders. Andrew probably has the most claim, but he’s not a lock. Another year at Kentucky would help. Dakari Johnson would be a bubble first rounder as well. Ditto for Poythress. I think there’s a chance ALL of them are gone. There are certainly rumblings that direction. But the only three that really make sense right now are Randle, Young and Cauley-Stein.”
There has been more talk lately of a mass exodus of UK players leaving for the NBA. Those announcements should start happening over the next couple of weeks.
My prediction remains that Randle, Young, Cauley-Stein and the Harrison twins will declare for the draft.
Underclassmen who wish to enter the NBA Draft must complete their official paperwork by April 27.